Kamala Harris border news – VP FINALLY jets off to visit El Paso as she’s trolled for being almost 100 days late

KAMALA Harris snapped at a reporter telling them "it's not my first trip" as she arrived in El Paso, Texas ahead of her long-anticipated visit to the US-Mexico border.

The Vice President's visit to the beleaguered region comes nearly 100 days since she was appointed the Biden administration's point-person on tackling the "root causes" of migration.

"Well, it's not my first visit," Harris said, raising a finger and an eyebrow towards a reporter grilling her over her decision to visit the bored. "I've been to the border many times."

Harris has been widely slammed for her handling of the migrant crisis, where she previously refused to visit the border and has even laughed when she was asked if she would take the trip.

Her trip nearly clashed with former President Donald Trump's upcoming visit, which he is set to embark on next week with Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott and a cohort of House Republicans.

Read our Kamala Harris live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • Luke Kenton

    PRO-TRUMP PROTESTERS RALLY AGAINST HARRIS VISIT

    A group of MAGA supporters protested Vice President Kamala Harris' visit to the region on Friday morning as she visits the border for the first time since taking office.

    The group were seen waiving Trump 2020 flags and "Trump won" banners.

    Once protester held a sign which read: "This socialist, tyrannical communist administration infiltrated out White House. GET OUT NOW!"

    A police officer drove by and thanked the group over his intercom, Hampton Stall claimed on Twitter.

    Credit: AFP
  • Luke Kenton

    'IT'S NOT MY FIRST VISIT'

    Kamala Harris snapped at a reporter on Friday as was grilled over her decision to finally visit the US-Mexico.

    "How did you decide that right now was the right time to visit the border,"a reporter asked her as she arrived in El Paso.

    Raising a finger and an eyebrow, Harris sternly responded: "Well, it's not my first visit – I've been to the border many times.

    "The important aspect of this visit," she continued, "is heading the work from the visit we did in Guatemala."

    Harris said her trip to Guatemala earlier this month was about addressing the root causes of migration, and Friday's visit is about the assessing the effects of the migrant surge.

    She added that she was "proud and honored" to visit the region.

  • Luke Kenton

    HARRIS: TRIP ABOUT 'ADDRESSING ROOT CAUSES MIGRATION – WHICH I'VE ALREADY BEEN DOING'

    Speaking to reporters as she arrived in El Paso on Friday, Harris said it was "good to be back in Texas" and said her visit to the region would be focused on addressing the root causes of migration – "which I've already been doing."

    "We're here today to address and talk about what has brought people to the US-Border and what has caused people to leave and flee their home country," she said.

    Harris said she was "proud and honored" to be visiting the border.

  • Luke Kenton

    HARRIS ARRIVES IN EL PASO AHEAD OF BORDER VISIT

    Vice President Kamala Harris arrived in El Paso on Friday morning, as part of her visit to the US Mexico border.

    She spoke to reporters after arriving, which you can watch below.

  • Luke Kenton

    HARRIS DECLINED TO SPEAK TO PRESS AS SHE BOARDED PLANE TO TEXAS

    Vice President Kamala Harris departed for El Paso, Texas on Friday morning for her first visit to the US-Mexico border – three months after being designated the White House's "czar" on migration.

    Harris boarded Air Force Two from Joint Base Andrews in the early hours of the morning.

    Accompanying her on the trip is Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, Rep. Veronica Escobar, and Homeland Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

    The VP declined to speak to reporters before boarding the plane, however, she did offer a wave and a smile.

    Credit: AP
  • Luke Kenton

    BIDEN PRAISED HARRIS FOR 'GREAT JOB' ON BORDER – DESPITE NOT HAVING VISITED

    Ahead of Kamala Harris' long-anticipated trip to the US-Mexico border, President Joe Biden on Thursday praised VP Harris for doing a "great job so far" on the border.

    Biden's praise came despite Harris not having visited the border in the three months since he appointed her as his administration's point-person on the migration crisis.

    "The reason why it’s important that she go down,” Biden added, “[is] she’s now set up the criteria, having spoken with the president of Mexico and Guatemala [and] visited the region, to know what we need to do.”

    Credit: Reuters
  • Mollie Mansfield

    REPUBLICANS PREVIOUSLY INSISTED HARRIS HAD TO VISIT BORDER

    Republicans previously insisted that it was vital that Kamala visits the border to truly understand the scale of the crisis.

    Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-Wis. tweeted: "The @VP STILL hasn't visited the border. You can't truly know the situation until you speak with people on the ground.

    "I and 55 of my colleagues sent this letter to @POTUS demanding her removal from this position because 180k encounters, a 21-year high, is unacceptable."

  • Luke Kenton

    WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT VP HARRIS' TRIP

    When Vice President Kamala Harris arrives in El Paso, Texas on Friday she will first participate in a walking tour of the El Paso Central Processing Center, a Customs and Border Patrol facility.

    Afterward, she is expected to receive an "operational briefing", which will cover the operations of the facility, outline its technological advances, and the facility's efforts to combat transnational crime.

    After the tour, Harris is expected to hold a conversation with advocates from faith-based NGOs, and Shelter and Legal Service Providers. 

    Credit: Reuters
  • Luke Kenton

    HARRIS TRAVELED TO GUATEMALA BEFORE BORDER VISIT

    Earlier this month, Vice President Kamala Harris traveled to Guatemala which officials said was a jaunt geared at focusing on the "root causes of immigration."

    Friday's visit to the US-Mexico border, meanwhile, is focused on "the effects" of immigration.

    Officials said that both trips "will inform the administration’s Root Causes Strategy." 

    As Vice President Harris said during her trip to Guatemala and Mexico: What happens at the border matters and is directly connected to what is happening in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras," Harris chief spokeswoman Symone Sanders said Thursday.

    "It is directly connected to the work of addressing the root causes of migration."

    Sanders called El Paso "important," and said it "represents larger border dynamics and it is a critical part of understanding the human experience of migration." 

    Credit: Reuters
  • Mollie Mansfield

    BIDEN WAS URGED TO FIRE HARRIS

    Biden was being urged to fire Kamala Harris from her key migrant crisis role due to the delay in visiting the border.

    Dozens of House Republicans called for the vice president to be removed from the crucial role accusing her of "inaction."

    "Despite being in the midst of a border crisis this country has not seen in two decades, Vice President Harris has not yet shown adequate interest in observing this crisis first-hand," the 56 lawmakers wrote.

    "In the 85 days since the Vice President has been tasked with solving this crisis, she has yet to visit the border and meet with Border Patrol agents, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials and local law enforcement officials."

  • Mollie Mansfield

    SEN LINDSEY GRAHAM SLAMS HARRIS

    Sen Lindsey Graham weighed in on her plans to visit the border after Trump also trolled her eleventh-hour decision.

    Sen Lindsey Graham wrote: "No doubt in my mind that Vice President Harris’s long-overdue visit to the U.S.-Mexico border was prompted by President Trump’s decision to visit the border next week.  

    "The Biden/Harris team could not afford to allow Trump to visit the border first. Great job, President Trump.

    "Only question is, what will the takeaways be from VP Harris’s visit? Will she come back with a dose of reality, or will she try to sugarcoat the disaster?"

  • Mollie Mansfield

    HARRIS LAUGHED AGAIN ABOUT BORDER VISIT

    It comes just two months after Harris laughed when she was asked if she has plans to visit the border.

    "Not today," Harris responded to the question before bursting out into laughter outside of Air Force One. "But I have before, and I'm sure I

  • Mollie Mansfield

    VP SAID 'I HAVEN'T BEEN TO EUROPE'

    When she was reminded by a journalist that she has not personally visited the border, Harris laughed and said "I haven't been to Europe."

    "And I mean, I don't – I don't understand the point that you're making," she said, before insisting. "I'm not discounting the importance of the border."

    She also told Holt that "there is not going to be a quick fix" for the problems at the border, adding "we are not going to see an immediate return."

  • Mollie Mansfield

    KAMALA LAUGHED DURING INTERVIEW ABOUT BORDER CRISIS

    Earlier this month, Harris chuckled during an interview with NBC News just hours before she was meeting with Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

    Anchor Lester Holt asked Harris whether or not she has plans to visit the US-Mexico border.

    "I – at some point – you know – we are going to the border. We've been to the border," Harris replied.

    "So this whole – this whole – this whole thing about the border. We've been to the border. We've been to the border."

  • Mollie Mansfield

    FORMER PRESIDENT SLAMS BORDER CRISIS

    The former president said that the US went from having "border security that was the envy of the world" to a "lawless border" that is pitied around the world.

    He went on to slam Biden and Kamala Harris for not visiting the Southern border or the "ICE heroes risking their lives to defend our Nation at a time when the White House is doing everything it can to make their jobs totally impossible."

  • Mollie Mansfield

    TRUMP TO VISIT BORDER NEXT WEEK

    Just last week, Trump said that he accepted an invitation to visit the nation's "decimated" southern border at the end of the month.

    "I have accepted the invitation of Texas Governor Greg Abbott to join him on an official visit to our Nation's decimated Southern Border on Wednesday, June 30, 2021," a statement announcing his trip said.

  • Mollie Mansfield

    TRUMP TROLLS HARRIS

    Donald Trump trolled Kamala Harris and said she is only visiting the border because he announced his own trip.

    "After months of ignoring the crisis at the Souther Border, it is great that we got Kamala Harris to finally go and see the tremendous destruction and death that they've created – a direct result of Biden ending my very tough but fair Border policies," he said.

    "Harris and Biden were given the strongest Border in American history. And now, it is by far the worst in American history. If Governor Abbott and I weren't going there next week, she would have never gone!"

  • Mollie Mansfield

    HARRIS'S ADVISOR RELEASES STATEMENT

    Harris' senior advisor and Chief Spokesperson Symone Sanders said in a statement on the visit: "Earlier this year, the President asked the Vice President to oversee our diplomatic efforts to address the root causes of migration from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

    "As a part of this ongoing work, the Vice President traveled to Guatemala and Mexico earlier this month and will travel to El Paso on Friday."

  • Mollie Mansfield

    PRESS SEC SAYS TRIP IS TO ADDRESS MIGRATION ISSUES

    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the the trip was part of a "coordinated effort" to address "root causes" of mass migration from Central America.  

    She also reiterated previous comments where she and Harris have both said that the vice president would make a trip to the border when the timing was "appropriate".

  • Mollie Mansfield

    REPUBLICANS INTRODUCED BILL TO CENSURE BIDEN OVER BORDER

    Some 21 House Republicans, led by Colorado's Lauren Boebert, introduced a bill to censure Biden over his failure to secure the US border.

    "President Biden passed the buck to cackling Kamala, when he tapped Ms. Harris as border czar. Her work on the border is nonexistence, it's a joke – and even she laughs. But it's not funny," Republican Congresswoman Boebert said announcing the censure on Wednesday.

    "This administration has not lifted a finger to end this crisis and secure our southern border," she continued. "They must be held accountable."

  • Mollie Mansfield

    GOVERNOR ABBOTT HITS OUT AT HARRIS VISIT

    Hitting out at Harris' belated visit, Governor Abbott said: "Vice President Harris is ignoring the real problem areas along our southern border that are not protected by the border wall and are being overrun by the federal government's ill-thought-out open border policies.

    "She will fail in her mission if she refuses to speak to residents of the Del Rio sector whose homes and ranches are being overrun by gangs and smugglers," he continued.

    "The Vice President was named Border Czar over 90 days ago, and in that time Texans have had their homes broken into, property damaged, and guns pointed at their heads as cartels, smugglers, and human traffickers profit off the Biden Administration's reckless open-border policies."

  • Mollie Mansfield

    HARRIS PRESSURED BY TRUMP TO VISIT BORDER

    Former US president Donald Trump piled pressure on the Biden Administration when he accepted Texas Governor Greg Abbott's invitation to visit the border.

    Harris will beat Trump to the region by five days, even though Trump announced his trip eight days before the Vice President did.

  • Mollie Mansfield

    HARRIS BLASTED FOR NOT VISITING BORDER SOONER

    Harris has come under increasing pressure by Republicans to explain why she's failed to visit the US-Mexico border since taking charge of the migrant crisis 90 days ago.

    Thousands of migrants dreaming of a better future have made their way to the US border following the Biden administration's softening of its border policy.

    Harris will visit El Paso, Texas with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

  • Mollie Mansfield

    BIDEN SAYS HARRIS DOING 'GREAT JOB' ON BORDER

    President Biden told reporters Kamala Harris had "done a great job so far" ahead of her trip to Texas this Friday.

    "And the reason why it's important that she go down, she's now set up the criteria – having spoken with the president of Mexico and Guatemala, visited the region – to know what we need to do," he added.

  • Mollie Mansfield

    FIRST VISIT SINCE BECOMING VP

    This is Kamala Harris's first visit to the border since she became Vice President back in January.

    She has been regularly slammed for not having visited the border sooner.

    People have pointed out that the Vice President is almost 100 days late to take the trip.

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